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Sixth Circuit Urges Law Enforcement & Corrections Officers to Avoid Strip Searching Arrestees in View of Others Absent a Compelling Reason

In 2009, Tynisa Williams was arrested for driving with a suspended license in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her license had been suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket.  Ms. Williams made arrangements to pay her fine, but was still processed into detention in the City of Cleveland House of Correction, a local jail facility.  Ms. Williams was ordered to strip, shower, and submit to a visual body cavity search and delousing in front of corrections officers and other inmates.  During the delousing, officers sprayed delousing solution onto Ms. Williams and into a body cavity. 

Mr. Shawn Bealer was subject to similar treatment at the City of Cleveland House of Correction in 2008 and 2009 for driving with a license which had been suspended due to failure to pay a fine.  Mr. Bealer further alleged that corrections officers permitted other detainees not only to observe his delousing, but that other detainees were actually allowed to give him the “hose treatment” by spraying his body and genitals with delousing solution. 

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NLEOMF, Bureau of Justice Affairs Release Third Quarter Valor Report

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Affairs (BJA) unit issued a new research bulletin which details preliminary data related to law enforcement officer fatalities during the third quarter of this year.

According to preliminary data from the NLEOMF, law enforcement officer fatalities decreased four percent at the end of the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same time period in 2013.

Twenty-four law enforcement officers were killed from July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, slightly decreasing from the 25 fatalities during the same time period in 2013.

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New Oklahoma City University Center to Focus on Domestic Terrorism

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community. 

A national center for homeland security law and policy dedicated to preventing acts of domestic terrorism will be opening in April 2015 at the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

As reported in the Washington Times, the center’s formal launch is in April 2015, to correspond with the 20th anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

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Help Feds in Need—Support FEEA's Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund

During this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – join the effort of feds helping feds!

Consider contributing to the Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund, which provides grants to federal employees in need for whom repayment of even a no-interest FEEA (Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund) loan would create an undue hardship.

Bill Bransford, of the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C. and the publisher of the FEDmanager and FEDagent newsletters, passed away in September 2013. He also was a long time FEEA Board member.

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